The flaws were in the protagonist negative goalantagonist confused motivationthe conflict intermittentand the plot wandered all over the place. A beta read by Toni Causey finally made me see the light:
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Books like his about Scotland Yard policemen were created by many subsequent British authors starting in the 's, and have played a major role in British mystery fiction to this day.
Christopher Bush in England became a specialist in alibi plots, following the footsteps of Crofts. Crofts' emphasis on crime-solving professionals and their investigative procedure influenced the hard-boiled private eye writers in the United States, such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Some of Crofts' early novels such as The Cask and The Cheyne Mystery include private investigators, although these men are not as hard-boiled as their American successors. Much later, in 's Japan, Seicho Matsumoto inaugurated a series of Croftsian works in which policemen battle alibis through procedural investigation.
Crofts has a beautiful prose style, clear and vivid. Crofts' stories have an even flowing tone, that reminds one of Hawthorne. They march steadily on, without climax or structure, steadily, step by step unveiling his mystery plots and descriptions of events. Crofts was one of the founders and most influential members of what we have been calling the Realist school of detective fiction in this Guide.
For an overview of the Realist school, please see the linked article. Commentary on Freeman Wills Crofts includes: Crofts is one of three writers explored in depth in Curtis Evans' book Masters of the "Humdrum" Mystery A mystery fiction bibliography is at the Golden Age of Detection Wiki.
The Cask The Cask was Crofts' first novel, and a hugely popular book. The Cask still is Crofts' best and most important piece of fiction. If you have not read Crofts, The Cask is the best place to start.
Four features of The Cask are especially notable: It codified the "procedural": It contains a Background, a documentary-like look into an institution or region: Reeve, and the team of MacHarg and Balmer. Crofts brought the Background to a new level of elaborateness in The Cask.
He probably popularized the use of a Background among his huge circle of mystery writer followers. Tracing out the mysterious movements of the cask. The Cask contains the first of what will be a Crofts specialty: A suspect will have an alibi that makes it look impossible for them to have committed the crime.
An investigator will research every aspect of the alibi, talking to witnesses, retracing movements, and constructing time tables. All of this will simply make the alibi look more solid. Finally, the investigator will discover a way in which the alibi could be faked.
Such alibi puzzles have a link to the impossible crime. Both alibi and impossible crime plots make it look impossible for someone to have committed a murder - whereas the solution ingeniously shows it actually is possible.
Both types of story are pure, fair play puzzle plots. Alibis are not usually considered impossible crimes. Despite their broad similarities to impossible crime mysteries, they are usually considered a different sub-genre of detection.
The alibis in The Cask and its immediate successor, The Ponson Casedo not depend on that popular staple of the Realist school"the breakdown of identity".
In other words, they do not depend on impersonation, multiple identities, mistaken identifications, or other manipulations of identity to create an alibi. Instead, the central alibi puzzle in The Cask, and Cosgrove's alibi in The Ponson Case, center on "location and technology": Chapters 1, 2, 3, end of 6, 7, The Opening It starts out well, with a beautifully written account of a summer evening at an English Country Mansion - that much discussed but seldom seen setting for Golden Age mysteries.
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Freeman Wills Crofts Freeman Wills Crofts' mystery novels were highly influential: Books like his about Scotland Yard policemen were created by many subsequent British authors starting in the 's, and have played a major role in British mystery fiction to this day.
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